The Goods

Keeping the old alive
The Chico State Museum of Anthropology recently released two films, Three Stone Blades and Visual Pioneers of the 19th Century: The World of Theodore Wores, on DVD to save them from disappearance. Both are based on field work by Valerie Smith Posey and were filmed by Ira Latour. Posey and Latour are both retired Chico State professors. Three Stone Blades, available for $25 at the Museum of Anthropology, is about Inuit people in Point Hope, an isolated area in Alaska that is becoming flooded with melting ice. The World of Theodore Wores is about a San Francisco artist who lived from 1858 to 1939. He became widely acclaimed but soon disappeared from the art scene with his distaste for modern art.

Earning acclaim
The National Art Education Association has selected Chico State art professor Cris Guenter as the 2008 National Art Educator of the Year. Guenter, who has been at the university since 1987, has taught arts education, technology in education, and computer graphics, as well as helping both staff and students to integrate art and technology. She also chairs the National Art Education Association Web Site Advisory Committee. Guenter will accept her award in New Orleans at the NAEA National Convention at the end of March.

Local doodler shows his stuff
David Hoppe, a local artist and educator, is showing his work at the Butte College Coyote Gallery through March 28. Hoppe views himself as a “doodler” rather than a social commentator, and he hopes to entertain the viewer and himself. He works with painting as well as digital art and printmaking, all of which are featured in the Butte College exhibition, which is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Is the “Real American Gangster” coming to town?
According to an AS Presents MySpace bulletin, the “Real American Gangster” is coming to Chico State March 9 to give a lecture. It can be dryly noted, however, that the “real American Gangster” has been in and out of prison since 1975 and is known as Frank Lucas. The guy responsible for his downfall, Richie Roberts, will speak at the BMU March 9 at 7 p.m.

Celebration of life
Also on March 9 will be a celebration of life for former Chico State journalism professor Bob Vivian, who died in December at the age of 71. The ceremony will be at Ruth Rowland Taylor Recital Hall at 1 p.m. There will be music and a memory wall; those interested in submitting photos for the wall may contact Debra Johnson at by March 4. To RSVP, e-mail Sarah Fry at or call 898-4547.

Lucky 13
Chico State is one of 13 CSU campuses to receive an award for service to their communities in the second annual President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Keep up the good work!